Emerging Professional Programs
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ASID Emerging Professional Profile - May
Andrea Pack – Apackdesigns, Co., Seattle, WA
What should we know about you? As an entry-level Interior Designer in the Seattle area, I am pursuing my dreams that I have always had since childhood. At the age of six years old, I would design entire residential interiors using my Commodore-64 computer on a program called" KidPix." I would take shoe boxes, and design to-scale models of homes, complete with wall colors, flooring, and furnishings. While most people go through life looking for their passion, I believe I was born to design, and feel blessed to have this niche.
What was the most important thing you learned in entering the field as an EP? Upon entering the field as an Emerging Professional, I have learned a lot. The most important aspect of being new in this industry is to stay on top of the newest trends, as well as thinking completely outside of the box. In previous design jobs, I have found my strong computer rendering skills to be highly useful in showing clients the ideas I have prior to beginning construction. Because I am naturally a people-person, I have truly enjoyed the networking aspect of this field, and have met some amazingly talented Designers, who inspire me beyond words.
Who is an interior design idol or mentor of yours? My greatest mentor has been Nicholas Bunning, a New York architect, that I worked under for a few months, doing construction documents and renderings for his penthouse in the Queen Anne area of Seattle. He was not only inspirational, but taught me a lot. His eccentricity and colorful personality were a plus, too.
Favorite website/app: My favorite website is Houzz.com. I love to see the many endless ideas that are out there in this ever-growing, and exciting industry.
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Are You An Emerging Professional?
If you're within your first 5 years of interior design practice, then you should identify as an ASID Emerging Professional. Gain access to resources and networking events that provide knowledge, leadership and grassroots opportunities. Join countless others and participate in the valuable programs ASID dedicates to those in the early stages of their careers.
ASID Emerging Professional Tools:
Emerging Professional Town Hall - Videos highlighting the each ASID Emerging Professional Town Hall.
Mapping Your Future - Interactive guide for emerging professionals to use as a tool when building your unique career path as an interior design professional.
Tips for Interior Design Graduates - Key feedback from design employers on what they look for in entry level hires .
ASID Chapter Leadership Opportunities - Learn the ASID chapter leadership opportunities and how to get involved.
Emerging Professional Advisory Council (EPAC) - EPAC works to empower emerging professionals and recognize their diverse contributions to design.
Student Advancement Discount - ASID student members may advance to allied membership upon graduation as an incentitive to save over $500 off membership dues.
The Fellows Project - ASID Fellows offer prime advice on building and sustaining a successful career in design.